imgChrisMoraes Christopher Moraes, Ph.D.
Canada Research Chair in Advanced Cellular Microenvironments
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Chemical Engineering
Associate member, Dept. of Biomedical Engineering; Goodman Cancer Research Center

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Chris Moraes is a hybrid engineer: he trained in nanoengineering (B.A.Sc.), and switched into mechanical and biomedical engineering (Ph.D, U. Toronto) before holding a Banting / NSERC postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan’s Biointerfaces Institute.  His research interests lie at the interface between engineering, biology and medicine, and he is particularly curious about the role microenvironmental biomechanical forces play in driving disease and development. Recent honours include the NSERC Howard Alper postdoctoral prize, and the Leyerle-CIFAR prize for interdisciplinary research.


imgArvindC Arvind Chandrasekaran, Ph.D., P.Eng., Postdoctoral fellow
Arvind obtained his PhD in Mechanical Engineering at Concordia University, in Microfluidics and Microsystems. He worked as a Product development engineer at the Alberta Centre for Advanced Micro-Nanotech Products in Calgary, and later as Lab Manager at the Center for Engineering in Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, before joining the Moraes lab as a postdoc. His research interests lie in applying engineering towards translational medicine, and is currently investigating single cell mechanics and microfabrication technologies to integrate 3D cell culture systems into in-vitro culture platforms. But no amount of research has been able to keep him away from his passion for cricket, fitness or photography !
Carley Ort, Ph.D. candidate
To introduce Carley in one word: enthusiastic. She finished her undergraduate degree in medical science at the University of Western Ontario and continued on to discover the fun in engineering with a Masters degree. She is currently studying the mechanics within a breast tissue model and hopes to shed some new light on breast cancer. Carley is also an environmental enthusiast who loves to travel, hoping to one day cross countries off of her list such as Nepal, Tanzania, and Bolivia… Oh, and she thinks Antarctica would be an amazing place to visit too! If you are ever walking a puppy and run into Carley on the street, be prepared for her to excitedly ask you if she can pet it.
imggabebrewer Gabrielle Brewer, M.Sc. candidate
Gabe is a Master’s student in the department of Biochemistry under the co-supervision of Dr. Morag Park. She is originally from Waterloo, Ontario and previously obtained her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry at McGill University. Gabe’s current research involves modelling tumour epithelial-stromal cell interactions for the purpose of identifying key interactions that enhance tumour cell proliferation and invasiveness. Outside of the lab, Gabe enjoys hiking, cooking, travelling, running, and drinking tea.
imgLisaZhao Lisa Zhao, M.Eng. candidate
Lisa completed an undergraduate chemical engineering degree from McGill and is from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.  She will be developing and fune-tuning an innovative soft silicone microstructure through “Supersoft” lithography, for use in a modified high-throughput screening process.  Previously, Lisa has been a teaching assistant for a separation processes class and developed two laboratory activities to help understand core concepts in distillation.  Her activities outside the lab include being a varsity athlete on the McGill Tennis Team, painting and practicing yoga.

Nicholas Lin, Ph.D. Candidate
Nick obtained his undergraduate engineering degree in Chemical Engineering at McGill University. He went on to investigate antibacterial surfaces for his Masters thesis. Now a Ph.D. candidate, he is co-supervised by Prof. Moraes and Prof. Nathalie Tufenkji. By day, his research focuses on cellular interactions with engineered surfaces. By night, Nick pursues quirky entrepreneurial ventures and draws science-themed comics – check out @LabStruggles on instagram!
Prabu Karthick Parameshwar, M.Eng. candidate
Karthick is a Masters student in the Inter-faculty Biological and Biomedical Engineering Programme (BBME). Originally from Chennai (TN, India) and Toronto (ON, Canada), he obtained his Bachelors degree from the University of Toronto (BASc in Engineering Science – Biomedical Systems Engineering) and is currently looking forward to exploring microfluidic approaches to study reproductive systems biology. If any spare time arises, Karthick likes to explore new food recipes, play the drums, and learn more Tamil, Hindi and French.
imgRayTran Ray Tran, Ph.D. candidate
Ray is originally from Toronto, Ontario and he obtained his undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Waterloo. He is currently pursuing a Master of under the co-supervision of Prof. C. Hoesli and Prof. C. Moraes. His research is involves understanding and optimizing the differentiation of induced pluripotent stem cells into functional insulin-secreting beta cells with regards to different substrates, soluble signals and culture dimensionality. Outside of the lab, Ray enjoys cooking, watching movies, and exercising.
imgSanyaSiddiqui Sanya Siddiqui, M.Eng. candidate
Sanya is a Master’s student in the department of Chemical Engineering under the co-supervision of Dr. Moraes and Dr. Tufenkji. She is originally from London, Ontario and graduated with a B.ESc in Chemical Engineering from The University of Western Ontario. Sanya has a background in antimicrobial biomaterials but is excited to explore the area of microengineering. Outside of the lab, Sanys enjoys reading, cooking and socializing with friends.
imgSonya Sonya Kouthouridis, M.Eng. Candidate
Sonya is a Master’s chemical engineering student and a Montreal native. She is studying the effects of micropatterned surfaces on the chemotherapeutic resistance of cancer cells. Outside the lab, Sonya enjoys cooking, watching movies and doing yoga.
imgStephanieMok Stephanie Mok, Ph.D. candidate
Stephanie comes to us from the University of Western Ontario to pursue a PhD in chemical engineering, a rather dramatic shift from her days studying the basic medical sciences. She holds a Bachelor of Medical Sciences degree specializing in pathology and toxicology, as well as a Masters of Science in pathology. She’s excited to dabble in single-cell models to better understand how changes to their microenvironment can lead to the development of disease. Her current hobbies and interests include rock climbing, bicycling, video gaming and reading.
WontaeLee_site Wontae Lee, Ph.D. Candidate
Wontae is an (almost) fully assimilated Korean-Canadian from mostly Ontario – latest location: Toronto. Presently, she is working in Chemical Engineering (co-supervised by Richard Leask), studying the relationship between cell-generated forces and functional tissue activity via engineered mechanosensors.  Outside of the lab, Wontae enjoys a mishmash of sports, film (both the cinema and photography variety), and eating hamburgers and ice cream (but not together, because ew). Her favourite joke: What’s red and bad for your teeth? A brick!
imgzhenweima Zhenwei Ma, M.Eng. Candidate
Zhenwei obtained his undergraduate chemical engineering degree from Sichuan University and is originally from Anyang, China. He is currently looking forward to deciphering the mechanobiology of trophoblast cell fusion via several microfabrication techniques. Previously he has worked on droplet-microfluidics platforms for controlled micro-mixing and eye-on-a-chip. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, cycling, playing badminton and listening to Jazz.
Kirk Dias, CHEE 494 Undergraduate RA
imgNikKalashnikov Nikita Kalashnikov, NSERC USRA / CHEE 495 undergraduate RA
Nik has been all over the world: of Russian descent, he was born in Israel and raised in Montreal. He is now studying chemical engineering at McGill and is pursuing a biomedical engineering minor. He is working on developing a simple and easy-to-use technique to measure mechanical properties of cells, and designing smart material scaffolds for tissue engineering. When Nik is not busy, he is at the gym lifting weights, running laps and doing some heavy bag work.
Rachel Mot, NSERC USRA / CHEE 495 undergraduate RA
Rachel is an undergraduate Chemical Engineering Student at McGill. She will be both designing and building a micro-scale bioreactor that can take up cell cultures with engineered human immune tissues. Her research will ultimately give insight into the functional activity of these tissues under various cancerous insults. On her spare time, Rachel is an avid runner, dog lover and gardening junkie.
imgSarahDubois Sarah Dubois, NSERC USRA / CHEE 495 undergraduate RA
Sarah is an undergraduate chemical engineering student and is from Alberta. She will be developing a super-soft lithography device for high-throughput screening, as well as using super soft lithography to mimic pulmonary tissue. Outside of the lab Sarah is a varsity goalkeeper for the McGill soccer team. In her free time she enjoys big campfires and mountain air.
Sarah Ezzeddine, CHEE 495 Undergraduate RA
Sarah is an undergraduate in Chemical Engineering. She is Lebanese-Ivorian, born and raised in Ivory Coast. In the lab, she is working on smart material hydrogels for diagnostic applications. Outside of the lab, Sarah enjoys discovering new restaurants and spending her time on the beach.

If you’re interested in taking a strong multidisciplinary approach towards integrating microtechnologies, engineering and medicine, please consider joining our team.

M.Eng. graduate alumni

2015-2017: Raymond Tran, M.Eng. (Dept. of Chemical Engineering)
2014-2016: Avital Horowitz, M.Eng. (Dept. of Chemical Engineering)

Undergraduate alumni

2017 (summer, fall):  Erica Neuber, EUL undergraduate RA, CHEE 494 student
2017 (summer): Vickie Chen, SURE undergraduate RA
2017 (summer): Chalani Ranasinghe, Honors Biology Thesis RA
2016-2017: Charles Ledoux, CHEE McGill
2017 (winter): Kevin Qiu, CHEE McGill
2016 (fall):  Kathryn Ciu Leci, CHEE McGill
2016 (summer): Xavier Wong, CHEE McGill
2016 (summer):  Patricia Sosa, MITACS GlobalLink Intern
2016 (summer): Caroline Fournier, Summer intern
2015-2016: Andrea Saliba, CHEE McGill
2015-2016: Camilla Jiang, CHEE McGill
2016 (Winter):  Sabrina Clarke, CHEE McGill
2014-2015: Katie MacDonald, NSERC USRA, CHEE McGill
2014 (Summer):  Celestine Hong, NSERC USRA, CHEE McGill
2014 (Summer):  David Chondon, NSERC USRA, CHEE McGill,
2014 (Summer):  Jessica Golo Vaz De Lima, Undergraduate Exchange RA, Science without Borders
2014 (Summer):  Jessica Ronci, MECH, McGill